5 Reasons To Visit Australia in 2019
If ever there was an excuse needed to visit Australia, a stellar line-up of events is the ultimate reason to head Down Under in 2019. With a host of brilliant festivals and exciting commemorative celebrations planned, here are some of the best reasons to plan your Australia holidays in 2019.
1. The Ghan’s 90th Birthday
One of the most recognisable passenger trains in the world, The Ghan connects Adelaide with Alice Springs and Darwin. Spanning almost 3,000 kilometres and taking a total of 54 hours to cross the vast, deserted plains of the outback, The Ghan is a unique voyage of discovery. 2019 marks the 90th anniversary of this iconic train and to celebrate there’s a chance to get on board and enjoy the ultimate journey through the heart of Australia.
Departing on the 4th August, travellers have the chance to enjoy a 3-day, 2-night trip, which includes excursions, food, wine and entertainment on board. This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a one-off 90th birthday party in the outback. Examples of excursions include a cruise at Katherine Gorge and time to meander around Alice Springs.
Along the way, travellers will hear tales of days gone by and learn all about the people who made The Ghan train what it is today. From the route’s influence on trade to the history of the groups of people it has transported over the course of the last nine decades, visitors have the chance to gain a truly fascinating insight into a train that has played an instrumental part in connecting different parts of Australia and celebrating diverse cultures.
2. The Red Centre – A Top Region To Visit In 2019 According To Lonely Planet
In a land bursting with extraordinary feats of natural engineering, it’s difficult to pinpoint a single highlight but those visiting Australia should not pass up the opportunity to marvel at the striking beauty of the Red Centre.
Located in the heart of the Northern Territory, the Red Centre is a vast stretch of rugged, wild outback lands, which are pierced by burning red rocks and plunging gorges and canyons. Uluru (Ayers Rock) occupies the top spot in most people’s wish-lists and its profile and fame are entirely justified. A towering monolith incandescent in the blazing sunlight, Uluru is not just a spectacular sight to behold: it is also a sacred place for the Aboriginal people and a symbol of Australia’s rich native history.
For many people, laying eyes on the burning beauty of Uluru is sufficient to fill the soul with joy and the memory card with photos, but in the past, some travellers have taken the option to climb Uluru. Whilst this practice has been allowed before, the rules are set to change in autumn 2019 due to the fact that this is a sacred, symbolic site. The good news is that there are several incredible ways to enjoy Uluru without damaging the environment or offending local people. Red Centre tours come in a range of different forms, from guided walks and multi-day explorers to scenic flights and the ultimate romantic treat: a hot air balloon trip.
Bruce Munro’s captivating light installation, the Field of Light exhibition, is a must for fans of art and those eager to see Uluru in all its glory just before sunset. Comprising 50,000 glass orbs scattered across the desert sands, this beautiful luminescent masterpiece illuminates the night skies and provides scintillating views of Uluru that have never been seen before. Due to popular demand, the exhibition has been extended until 2020.
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3. Vivid Sydney Festival 2019
Sydney is one of the most vibrant cities in the world and it really comes alive during May and June when Sydneysiders and visitors from all corners of the globe celebrate the Vivid Sydney Festival.
Designed to captivate the senses, this is a celebration of light, music and ideas. During the course of the festival, the city’s famous landmarks are bathed in neon, with enchanting light displays taking place after dark and installations pop up all over the harbour and the bustling streets of the CBD. Expect a series of live music gigs and activities and events that revolve around making and listening to music, alongside an incredible array of workshops, talks, theatrical performances, conferences and interactive seminars that are designed to stimulate thought, reflection and conversation.
The Vivid Sydney 2019 festival looks set to be a creative melting pot, offering something for everyone, and it’s well worth checking out the timetables and schedules to get involved. From debating, listening to inspirational speakers and touring the city to take in the twinkling, colourful lights to listening to live bands and dancing the night away, this is a festival not to be missed.
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Whilst in Sydney, it’s worth putting together an itinerary to see the more well-known sights and take advantage of some fantastic day trips. Highlights include Bondi Beach, the Blue Mountains, Sydney Opera House, harbour tours and trips to Manly Beach and Watson’s Bay. If you have a head for heights, don’t miss the Harbour Bridge climb.
4. Tasting Australia Festival 2019
A feast for foodies, the Tasting Australia festival takes place in Adelaide in April. Showcasing the finest Australian chefs, brewers, sommeliers and winemakers, this is a bona fide celebration of everything that is wonderful about Australian cuisine. The packed programme features interactive talks, cooking demonstrations, wine tasting and sampling and, of course, the chance to try a host of organic produce, native dishes and ground-breaking culinary innovations. From traditional bush tucker to fine dining delicacies, there’s something to tantalise the taste buds of every food fan.
Adelaide is a picturesque coastal city and after enjoying the food and wine, there are plenty of other things to see and do. Enjoy swimming with dolphins, take a trip to Kangaroo Island, or continue the theme of food and drink at the world famous Barossa Valley.
5. Cairns Indigenous Art Fair’s 10th Anniversary
Established in 2009, the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair celebrates its 10th anniversary in July 2019. A festival dedicated to Aboriginal and Torres Strait art, visitors will have the chance to wander around stalls laden with traditional artistic pieces created by local artists. The fair was launched to provide Aboriginal artists with a platform to reach larger audiences and with inspiration to use art as a means of exploring and celebrating cultural values. The fair provides a chance for talented artists to earn money but also to put their names up in lights and to really put Aboriginal art on the map.
This award-winning art fair offers a host of opportunities to view collections, as well as the chance to enjoy live music and watch traditional dance performances.
When staying in Cairns, seize the opportunity to explore the colours and unrivalled beauty of the Great Barrier Reef or to visit Green Island to snorkel, swim and spot turtles before chilling out and catching rays on the stunning powdery beaches.
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Australia is a vast country, which offers endless possibilities for travellers and tourists. Boasting everything from beaches, tropical rainforests and reefs bursting with sea life to ancient cultural sites, cosmopolitan cities and a stream of inclusive, vibrant festivals and events, there are so many reasons to visit Oz.
For those who have been thinking about spreading their wings and heading Down Under, there’s a dazzling array of events lined up for 2019. From food, music, art fairs and festivals to anniversary celebrations, there’s plenty on offer to entertain every visitor to Australia. From Sydney to Adelaide, Cairns and the Red Centre, Australia holidays in 2019 will not disappoint.